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across the pond

Across the Atlantic Ocean, almost always referring to either the British Isles or the United States, depending on which side of the ocean the speaker is from. I think we're going to head across the pond to London for our vacation this summer. Well, I have several relatives living across the pond in Boston, so we may go there on holiday this year.
See also: across, pond

a small frog in a big pond

Someone or something within a larger operation or organization who is of less importance or less qualified than those around him, her, or it. This thankless IT support job is really getting old. Ever since I started here, I've just been a small frog in a big pond.
See also: big, frog, pond, small

a big fish in a small pond

A situation in which one person has more power, influence, knowledge, or experience than others within a small group. It often implies that the person may not have as much clout in "a bigger pond," i.e., a larger group or arena of some kind. Since she was so popular and well-known within the walls of her small high school, Jennifer was used to being a big fish in a small pond. Once she started attending a large state university, however, she suddenly realized that it would take a lot more effort to make friends. His coarse management style made it evident that he was used to being a big fish in a small pond. That attitude certainly won't be tolerated by anyone at his new company.
See also: big, fish, pond, small

a big frog in a small pond

A situation in which one person has more power, influence, knowledge, or experience than others within a small group. It often implies that the person may not have as much clout in "a bigger pond," i.e., a larger group or arena of some kind. Since she was so popular and well-known within the walls of her small high school, Jennifer was used to being a big frog in a small pond. Once she started attending a large state university, however, she suddenly realized that it would take a lot more effort to make friends. His coarse management style has made it evident that he was used to being a big frog in a small pond. That attitude certainly won't be tolerated by anyone at his new company.
See also: big, frog, pond, small

a little frog in a big pond

Someone within a large operation or organization who is less important or less qualified than those around them. This thankless IT support job is really getting old. Ever since I started here, I've just been a little frog in a big pond.
See also: big, frog, little, pond

pond scum

1. A layer of freshwater algae that forms on the surface of still, stagnating water (such as a pond). I pushed him into the water, and he came out covered in slimy, stinking pond scum.
2. An extremely repugnant, vile, wretched person. You're worse than a rat, worse than a maggot—you're nothing but pond scum! I would never let my daughter date pond scum like you!
See also: pond, scum

big frog in a small pond

an important person in the midst of less important people. (Alludes to a large frog that dominates a small pond with few challengers.) I'd rather be a big frog in a small pond than the opposite. The trouble with Tom is that he's a big frog in a small pond. He needs more competition.
See also: big, frog, pond, small

big fish in a small pond

Also, big frog in a little pond. A person who is important in a limited arena; someone overqualified for a position or in relation to colleagues. For example, Steve has both a Ph.D. and an M.D., yet he's content with his practice at a rural hospital; he prefers to be a big fish in a little pond . The expression big fish has been slang for an important or influential person since the early 1800s. The addition of in a small pond as a metaphor for an unimportant organization is more recent, as is the substitution of frog. Another variant is the proverb Better a big fish in a little puddle than a little fish in a big puddle.
See also: big, fish, pond, small

frog in a small pond

See also: frog, pond, small

little frog in a big pond

Also, small frog in a large pond. An unimportant or unqualified individual in a large organization or other setting. For example, Coming from a small school, Sandy felt lost at the state university-a little frog in a big pond . This phrase is the counterpart of big fish in a small pond.
See also: big, frog, little, pond

a big fish in a small pond

If someone is a big fish in a small pond, they are one of the most important and influential people in a small organization or group. In Rhodesia I was a big fish in a small pond. As a big fish in a small pond, Smith found it easy to dominate fashion photography in Australia. Note: This expression can be varied, for example by using pool instead of pond or by talking about a small fish in a big pond. Being a big fish in a tiny, stagnant pool clearly gives controversial journalists ideas way above their station. Now I'm the smallest fish in a very big pond. Note: You often use this expression to suggest that someone would be less important or interesting if they were part of a larger organization or group. Note: Another American expression for this is a big frog in a small pond.
See also: big, fish, pond, small

a big frog in a small pond

AMERICAN
If someone is a big frog in a small pond, they are one of the most important and influential people in a small organization or group. He liked being a big frog in a small pond. Note: The usual British expression for this is a big fish in a small pond.
See also: big, frog, pond, small

a big fish in a small (or little) pond

a person seen as important and influential only within the limited scope of a small organization or group.
See also: big, fish, pond, small

across the ˈpond

(informal, especially British English) on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean from Britain/the US: And now let’s hear some news and gossip from across the pond, with our reporter in New York.
See also: across, pond

pond scum

n. a mean and wretched person; a worthless male. (Collegiate. An elaboration of scum, less crude than scumbag. Also a rude term of address.) Get your hands off me, you pond scum!
See also: pond, scum

big fish in a small pond

An individual who is important or prominent only in a small group. This cliché, of American provenance, is used both disparagingly (“He’s the firm’s general counsel, but since there are only three employees he’s just a big fish in a small pond”) and more positively (“She didn’t get accepted to the university, but it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond”).
See also: big, fish, pond, small
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People were also complaing about the bad smell from the pond which they said posed a threat to their health.
As part of the project UCL's Pond Restoration Research Group have researched the benefits of pond restoration for aquatic biodiversity showing huge benefits for water plants, invertebrates, amphibians and fishes.
As of November 2017, the invasive plant has been documented in eight RI lakes or ponds; they include Valley Falls Pond in Central Falls; Central Pond and Turner Reservoir in East Providence; Porters Pond in Foster; Solitude Springs Farm Ponds in Hopkinton; Belleville Ponds in North Kingstown; Chapman Pond in Westerly; and Sylvestre Pond in Woonsocket.
The pond has suddenly turned into a death trap now being avoided as much as possible since members of the community began to lose their lives in it from time to time.
Apsara Authority spokesperson Long Kosal told The Post on Monday that the archaeologists are looking to study the pond's structure and foundations, which were built hundreds of years ago.
Following his death on his 70th birthday, John's friends fromthe Alnwick& District Natural History Society andthe EnvironmentalWalking Partnership, donated [pounds sterling]1,000 towards the creation of a wildlife pond in his memory.
Upon checking in, we were provided with the essentials to get things started-from matching pink pajamas and slippers to sleeping masks, snacks and, of course, Pond's latest Mineral Clay Collection (#LetsClay with Pond's).
His car was found Saturday evening by a combined security team in a pond located in Dura Du area of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
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Pond will acquire the Regenurex brand, plant and related production assets, through acquisition of the Purchased Shares for a minimum of CDN 2,269,599, comprised of CDN 500,000 cash and 737,333 Pond shares valued at CDN 2.40 per share.
Pond aquaculture is the traditional and ancient practice in the country but in recent time some advanced culture system has also been practiced to increase the production rate.
One of the most common problems is an overabundance of vegetation, either in the water or around the edge of the pond itself.
Through this pond, we sought to add the soothing qualities of water to an area of our homestead where we spend time hosting guests and eating meals.